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    Aust fossil site

    Post  Chapwi on Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:45 pm

    The cliffs of Aust are at both the North and South side of the bridge. When you enter the foreshore, you are on the Southern side which is currently being washed out more than the Northern side. To access the northern side, you will need to wait until the tide is low enough to walk around the concrete bridge support. Take extreme care if accessing this area as it can be slippery with mud flats. Return before the tide turns to avoid the risk of being cut off.

    Look out for shells, and loose bones, teeth, or bone fragments in the areas of shingle. Occasionally you should come across large lumps of the bone bed though they are usually quite small as collectors have already split them down. You only need a small amount of the famous bone bed, to yield some finds. Common fossils are shark and fish teeth and fish scales and coprolites. Fragments of bone are also very common and often are from Ichthyosaur and Pleisiosaur remains, but identifiable bones are less common such as large vertebrae’s and leg bones. You can also find fossilised clams, and oysters at Aust.
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  macrocephale on Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:42 am

    Would help if you told us where Aust is! 'By a bridge' doesn't help much! lol!
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Chapwi on Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:20 am

    bs35 4bh

    try this happy haha

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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Guest on Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:47 am

    once you are there the "by a bridge" will help... its the north severn bridge
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:34 pm

    I'll start off with probably my best find from here.

    Block as found on the North side.




    A few close up shots of what's visible.









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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:56 pm

    Some during and after prep shots.

    Plesi. bits and pieces.














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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:05 pm

    Other assorted bones.

    Unknown bone.


    Pachystropheus limb bone.




    Pachystropheus vert (2 shots).



    Small fish jaw.

    Severnichthys rostropremaxillary.




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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:10 pm

    By the broken unknown bone there is I what I believe to be a tail vert from a small dino as it is too big to be a [i]Pachystropheus vert.






    More later.

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    Post  Guest on Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:52 am

    Sensational Knochie... whats the bit circled in red?... plus I would love an ID on that vert!... very interesting indeed.
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Chapwi on Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:53 am

    Pete there amazing finds

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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  sal7373 on Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:37 am

    Very Happy
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:25 pm

    Spleain wrote:.. whats the bit circled in red?...

    It's the neural arch spine that's broken off from the vert it's laid next to. I'd like to think it happened when the vert washed against that clast.
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:50 pm

    Some more boney bits.

    Another Plesi multi block, as found.



    Prepped.


    More Plesi verts.










    This one is the largest I've found from Aust and had it id'd as a possible Plio vert by Richard Forest.



    Same one with dimensions.





    A few Plesi teeth.
    As found.


    Prepped but missing the tip.








    Possible pelvic section.


    Bit of plesi rib.


    More later.

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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  macrocephale on Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:11 pm

    Damn that's some sweet stuff! I need to get me there at some point!
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:38 pm

    Some ichthy bits.

    The yellow verts come from the Cotham Beds at the top of the cliff and are early Jurassic (Hettangian).



    A few ichthy teeth.




    Ichthy lachrymal bone (bit from the skull around the eye socket).




    Ichthy vert in a silt stone trough infill. Pachystropheus vert top left (11 o'clock).


    Ichthy vert in a shelly limestone.



    More later.

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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Chapwi on Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:00 am

    Speechless amazing finds

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    Post  Guest on Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:51 pm

    Chapwi wrote:Speechless amazing finds

    You cant follow 'speechless' with 'amazing finds'... or would that be 'typeless'? hmmmm.
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:02 pm

    Now for some sharky bits.

    Polyacrodus cuspidatus (formerly cloacinus) finspines

    Top half of a fin spine.


    The bottom half that goes into the back muscle.


    Teeth to go with.








    Cephalic head spikes.




    Hybodus minor fin spine.


    Teeth to go with.


    Lissodus minimus.




    This block contains at least 30 teeth on the last count, more buried in the matrix.


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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:22 pm

    Fishy bits next.

    All severnichthys acuminatus.
    (apart from the three scales which are Gyrolepsis abertii)









    A large rostropremaxillary attached to a plesiosaur vert.













    Sargodon tomicus molariform teeth.


    Just a bit more to come later Wink

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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  sal7373 on Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:25 am

    These are great Pete, I can use this post as my reference point, thanks for sharing Very Happy
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:17 pm

    sal7373 wrote:These are great Pete, I can use this post as my reference point, thanks for sharing Very Happy

    No probs Sal, having a picture reference is easier than wading through paeleo papers. Although I could send you links to several pdf papers if you want. study



    Why does that smiley look as though it has a pair of Y-fronts over its face?


    Last edited by Knochie on Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:19 pm; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : After thought.)
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:31 pm

    Some more fishy stuff.
    Ceratodus latisimus, lungfish. (Pronounced Kerat odus meaning horned tooth).



    The bottom one is 95mm, just short of the maximum size of 100mm attainable for this species.






    This one is only 40mm across and is unusual in having 5 instead of the normal 4 cusps.





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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:02 pm

    Not much more to now,

    Pachystropheus rhaeticus

    Humerus, 2 views.





    Mid section caudal vert.




    Dorsal verts.




    Two dorsal neural arches.




    End caudal verts.




    Rib.



    Gastric rib.


    Distal end femur.

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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  Knochie on Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:25 pm

    Last few bits.
    Some oddities.

    Aplocoma damesii, brittle star.






    Cut and polished stromatolite.


    Carboniferous coral (Cannina species I think)






    One very large coprolite which I initially thought to be a type of tooth plate.


    Another bit of carb. coral.



    That's it folks!

    A small representation of almost all of the potential finds from Aust.

    Hope you enjoy.
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    Re: Aust fossil site

    Post  fossilhunter on Sat May 26, 2012 9:24 am

    Wow! All of that stuff is amazing! Smile

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